London Man Wanted in North Bay Arrested with Loaded Handgun – St. Catharines

On August 16th, 2022, Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) detectives assigned to 1 District (St. Catharines / Thorold) received information from the North Bay Police Service (NBPS) that a wanted individual who is alleged to have committed an armed robbery involving a firearm in North Bay, was believed to be in the Region of Niagara.

On August 17th, 2022, at 9:05am officers assigned to the Emergency Task Unit (ETU), with assistance from 1 District Street Crime detectives, located and arrested the male in the area of Montebello Park, in the City of St. Catharines.

Search incident to arrest revealed a loaded Glock 9mm handgun inside a cross-strapped satchel being worn by the suspect across his torso.

Joshua SHIRLEY (26 years) of London is charged with the following Criminal Code offences:

Carrying a Concealed Weapon Possession of a Prohibited Device Possession of a Restricted Firearm with Ammunition Possession of a Restricted Firearm without Holding a Licence Possession of a Firearm, Weapon or Ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order

SHIRLEY remains in police custody and is being held for a bail hearing scheduled to take place on August 18th, 2022, via video link to the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse, located at 59 Church Street in the city of St. Catharines.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the lead detective at 905-688-4111, option #3, extension #1009461.

Members of the public who wish to provide information anonymously are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers of Niagara online or by calling 1-800-222-8477.  Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards to persons who contact the program with information that leads to an arrest.


Incident #22-92438